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Raytheon completes first test of JSOW-ER warhead

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Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW).

SINGAPORE (BNS): Raytheon Company completed the first test of the warhead and fuze for the Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range.

The test met all objectives and validated a Raytheon-funded analysis that showed the JSOW-ER's proposed warhead and fuze are interoperable.

"JSOW-ER's design will enable the warfighter to attack land-based and moving maritime targets from outside the range of modern surface-to-air missiles, a capability our aviators currently lack," Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Air Warfare Systems, said in a company statement.

This test demonstrates Raytheon's ability to provide a low-risk and affordable warhead to future weapon systems, he added.

Completion of the test set the stage for ground testing of a tactically-configured JSOW-ER in 2012.

The JSOW-ER is a powered variant of the glide JSOW C-1.

It combines the GPS-inertial navigation system reliability of the combat-proven JSOW variants with the network-enabled maritime-interdiction capability of the JSOW C-1, which is currently in production.

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